Hi I have been following blogs for a few weeks now. A little confused about flare ups etc. I was diagnosed 2 years ago at the time I couldn't lift a cup or clean teeth and could hardly walk. I have been in agony with pain and muscle fatigue ever since. Almost 2 years to the day I had felt this way I woke 1 morning with no pain!! it lasted 2 months, thought I was cured!! then back to square 1. When first diagnosed I was given no points from Atos. 6 months after the kind lady at job centre told me to go to docs and get back on sick which I did, I have now been in wrag group a year as doc wrote them a letter as she was horrified at my treatment. As I have had this money for a year it has now been reduced to £69 same as job seekers. I am training to be a counsellor 1 night a week at college, so this gets me off having to do voluntary work, it is tiring but worth it as my mind is alert, don't think I have fibro fog much!! Keeping my mind busy and watching comedy reading jokes etc works well for me. I take amitryptiline and venlafaxine, ranitidine, docusate and fybrogel I now have bad constipation and half gained 2 stone!! Have tried gabapentin as well but that made me too drowsy I also have tramadol but that makes me sick Ha ha!! I also have found swimming twice a week and steam room once a week pacing and lying down or at least with feet up most of the day to be beneficial. Sorry have written war and peace ha ha, I really am just confused about flare ups as although I am better following my regime I am in constant pain my muscles twitch, all trigger points hurt, muscles feel like I have done 24 hours in gym sometimes I can barely stand never mind walk because of muscle fatigue. Is this normal?